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Altrincham church HOPE empty shop needs your photos

An Altrincham church is taking over an empty shop for Easter week to put the focus squarely on HOPE ...

An Altrincham church is taking over an empty shop for Easter week to put the focus squarely on HOPE.

And they are asking for people all over the UK to contribute photos with the theme of hope, taken on 1 April.

Rev Kevin Johnson from Altrincham Methodist Church is the brains behind the idea, where the old Thorntons shop in the town centre will be open from 12-19 April as a centre for HOPE, although final arrangements for opening the shop are still being tidied up.

"We are offering many different experiences to draw attention to and highlight HOPE in our communuity, Church and faith," he explains.

"The big idea is a One Day in Time photo exhibition, where we are inviting people to contribute photos, taken one day in time (1 April), that speak of HOPE. These printed pictures will then be on display throughout Holy Week for the public to see.

"These will also serve as a reminder of the work and life of people in different communities around the country."

Photos (colour or B&W) can be taken with any form of camera and then printed no bigger than 10 x 8 inches before being sent to Altrincham Methodist Church office, Barrington Road, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 1HF or digital photos in jpg format can be sent to

Participants are encouraged on 1 April to "think about who you are with, and what you are seeing or doing that inspires hope and makes your heart sing".

"We aim for the 'pop up shop' to be a place of Welcome, Hospitality, Generosity and Encounter, and a Christian presence in the market place during Holy Week," added Kevin.

Plans have been helped by a helpful and developing relationship between the church, the local council and the town centre manager. Support has also come from other local churches and the active Churches Together group.

Plans for the shop also include children's Easter crafts (with an Advent Craft Day), a prayer wall with themes 'up my street' and 'in my world', Good Friday worship, 'No Strings' Puppets on Easter Saturday, HOPE goody bags, and food/coffee vouchers to be given away for use in local cafes.

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Photos: top: the HOPE town centre shop, as envisaged by Altrincham Methodist
above (left): the church team in the empty premises

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